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Sebastian Vettel drives to the podium after his second race win

Sebastian Vettel drives to the podium in his RB5

Sebastian Vettel has claimed his second career win at the Shanghai International Circuit as rain and standing water made conditions difficult for the entire duration of the third race of 2009. It’s Red Bull’s first win in Formula 1 since their takeover of Jaguar at the end of 2004, and a 1-2 finish, with Mark Webber crossing the line in second. Championship leader Jenson Button finished third.

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Sebastien Buemi in 2008

Scuderia Toro Rosso officially confirmed on Friday that Sebastien Buemi has been signed for a race seat at the team for the 2009 season. He replaces Sebastian Vettel who moved to the Red Bull parent team alongside Mark Webber, in response to the retirement of David Coulthard. Since then, the Swiss driver, who took up the third driver role at Red Bull last year, had become the favourite to take one of the two available seats.

“I am naturally very happy to be driving for Scuderia Toro Rosso this year,” said Buemi. “This year, I will do all I can to bring home the best possible results and to show Red Bull that the confidence it has shown in me is justified. I want to thank Red Bull for this opportunity and for all the help they have given me in my career, dating back to 2005.” The 20 year old will make his first outing as an official race driver for STR later this month in Portugal.

His 2009 teammate is yet to be confirmed, but either Sebastien Bourdais or Takuma Sato are favourites to take the job. It is possible that STR are waiting for more news from Honda, before confirming their second driver, in the hope of signing Jenson Button.

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David Coulthard and Sebastian Loeb on RoC Podium

Recently retired David Coulthard took second place yesterday at the 2008 Race of Champions in Wembley Stadium. Five time World Rally Champion Sebastian Loeb won the title ‘Champion of Champions’ by just 0.3 seconds from the Scot after a thrilling best-of-three heat final.

Other F1 drivers competing included Sebastian Vettel, who was defeated by Loeb in the Quarter Finals, and Jenson Button, who was knocked out of the first round by double Formula Drift champion Tanner Foust. One of the biggest shocks of the day was Michael Schumacher, one of the favourites to win, being defeated in the Quarters by NASCAR driver Carl Edwards. Despite this, Both Schumacher and Vettel successfully defended their nations cup win from last year as Team Germany.

Lewis Hamilton also made an appearance in his title winning McLaren MP4-23, and was scheduled to race British cyclist Chris Hoy in a warm-up event, before the race had to be cancelled due to slippery conditions. Hoy later went on to defeat Hamilton to the British ‘BBC Sports Personality of the Year’ Award.

Coulthard was unsurprisingly delighted to have raced in the RoC final in front of a home crowd, after his disappointing exit from F1 at the Brazilian Grand Prix. He said “The ROC is a totally unique event, and it’s always a pleasure to take part, even if you don’t win. I think there were some very exciting racing, and there’s nothing quite like being able to see the whole track.”

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